University of Notre Dame


1877 Nov. 1
Carponcin, Math.: Paris, (France)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph) Perché: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Carponcin replies to Perché's letter of September 22 addressed care of (Jules de) Boursetty who is in Rome with Father (Joseph Marie) Millet on a mission for the diocese (of New Orleans). Carponcin, after a trip to Lourdes, is now sure that the priesthood is the vocation for him. He would like to join the Dominican Order. While waiting for Perché's authorization, he will continue to serve Boursetty.

VI-3-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 8vo. - {4}

1877 Nov. 2
Bellesheim, Father Alphonsus: Cologne, (Germany)
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

He sends Hudson a German paper containing a sketch of the life of the deceased Archbishop of Baltimore taken from a story in the Ave Maria. He asks Hudson to relay his best wishes to Rev. Mother Angela.

X-2-d - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 32mo. - {1}

1877 Nov. 2
Roberts, R.V.: Washington, (D.C.)
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

He sends the popular poem which Hudson desired for the Ave Maria with the wish that if it is at all possible he be paid soon. His work for the Society for Supplying Poor Churches is responsible for the acquisition of many spiritual benefits but it does not provide for his temporal welfare. He asks Hudson to acknowledge this letter by a brief notice in the Ave Maria.

X-2-d - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 32mo. - {1}

1877 Nov. 3
Howe, Frances: (Bailly) Homestead, (Chesterton, Indiana)
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

She sends the subject matter for the circular to Hudson with instructions to the effect that he may arrange it in the manner which he thinks best. If any information concerning Louise (Lateau) arrives too late for this dead-line it may be distributed separately later on. She leaves the matter of reduction in price from the $1.20 retail charge for those who buy more than one copy entirely to Hudson. She asks that a circular be sent to all the Ave Maria's subscribers and the remainder be sent along with a bill for the printing expenses to her and she will mail them herself. The Howe's will be at the Sisters of Providence in Indianapolis on their way to Kentucky next week so Hudson may direct his correspondence accordingly.

X-2-d - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {2}

1877 Nov. 3
Preusing, H. J. H.: Texarkana, Texas
 to Ja(me)s A(lphonsus) McMaster: N(ew) Y(ork), (New York)

Preusing has subscribed to the Freeman's Journal for six months through the efforts of the paper's agent, Mr. Haus. Preusing also gave Haus a scrap of paper containing a prayer hymn of Mary Stuart, written and translated by Ja(me)s H. Hogane. Hogane has also subscribed to the paper for six months and has paid $1.50 to Haus but has never received any papers as yet. Hogane was near conversion but is changing his mind now since he is not edified by the actions of the paper. There is an oversight somewhere and Preusing asks McMaster to notify Haus. Also the scrap of paper belonging to Hogane has not been returned to him as promised.

I-2-b - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {1}

1877 Nov. 3
Prunet, Marguerite:
formerly D'Orvall New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Prunet was presented to (Perché) before his departure for Paris, at the Cathedral by Father (Gustave A.) Rouxell. She is the one who persuaded Father (Hyacinthe Claude) Mignot to leave in order to make the collection in France. She has had to leave Rouxel telling him that she did so in order to avoid trouble with Rouxel's man at the Cathedral. In view of her sad position and want of resources she had decided to marry a gentleman who is also without resources. Father (Ferreol Girardey, C.SS.R.?) Jerardin, the Redemptorist who is to marry them, can give (Perché) all the details. Cardinal (Joseph-Hippolyte) Guibert of Paris gave Mr. D'Orville, the jurist, in May, a thousand francs for her but she has not yet received them. In view of this delay caused by her agent she finds herself in a most frightful position. Guibert has 6,000 francs which Perché can count on.

VI-3-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 8vo. - {7}

1877 Nov. 7
Borias, Father A(ntoine): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to (Archbishop Napoleon Joseph Perché: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Borias certifies that he has known Paul Arthur for several years and that he has always been pious and regular in his religious duties.

VI-3-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {2}

1877 Nov. 8
Perché, Archbishop N(apoleon) J(oseph) and Father (Joseph Marie) Millet: New Orleans, Louisiana

The diocese seeks subscriptions for a loan of $250,000 with the sole object of liquidating all former debts. The loan will be secured by a special mortgage on properties worth five times the amount of the loan and it is a first class investment. Provision has been made to insure the payment of both interest and capital.

VI-3-a - Printed circular - 3pp. - 8vo. - {2}

(1877?) Nov. 9
Cronin, Michael: Rockland, (Massachusetts)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Cronin encloses $8.00 as the second installment of his band. He intends getting up another band soon. He lists the names of the contributors, one of whom gave $5.00

I-2-b - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {1}

1877 Nov. 9
Roberts, R.V.: Washington, (D.C.)
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

He sends Hudson a receipt for the money sent so promptly. He offers his final contribution for acceptance by the Ave Maria until the two poems he had previously submitted are printed.

X-2-d - A.L.S. - 1p. - 32mo. - {1}

1877 Nov. 9
Sorin, C.S.C. Father Edward: Notre Dame, Indiana
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio.

(Withdrawn to Provincial Archives).


1877 Nov. 10
Lyons, Mary C.: Meadville, P(ennsylvani)a
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Lyons sends McMaster $3 as mission dues to aid the Indian Missions.

I-2-b - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo - {1}

1877 Nov. 11
MaGee, C. R.: Pensacola, (Florida)
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

MaGee has spent much time in securing several subscriptions to the Freeman's Journal. He will collect the money from them in the following week and send more complete addresses. He has told the subscribers that they would receive the paper gratis from the time of the subscribing until Jan. 1 when the subscription year started officially, since he believes that was the inducement decided upon. He lists the names of the 10 subscribers, all of Pensacola, Fl(orid)a and asks McMaster if he has appointed an agent for the Navy yard or not.

I-2-b - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {2}

1877 Nov. 11
Starr, Eliza Allen: Chicago, (Illinois)
 to Father (Dāniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

When she arrived in Chicago she had no idea that her illness would detain her there indefinitely. Though her cottage is not exquisitely furnished, she is provided with the essentials of life including the services of a skillful physician and a wonderful opportunity to receive the Sacraments daily, as she had at St. Mary's. Because of the prompt response to her request for reference books she was able to finish her story on time. Her sickness prevented her from writing a story about St. Stanislaus. For the feast of St. Ambrose she intends to write a story on his church at Milan in Italy. She wants to return to St. Mary's as soon as possible but she is fully satisfied to trust in Providence. She asks Hudson to continue to pray for her. She cautions him not to change the Italian words in her manuscript, and she requests him to forward her accumulation of Ave Marias to her present address.

X-2-d - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {1}

1877 Nov. 13
Adam, Joachim: Santa Cruz, (Mexico)
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

Adam is sorry that he did not see Hudson while on the long journey he just completed. He hopes that Hudson received his last letter. He would be glad to pay the postage if Hudson would send a copy of the Ave Maria containing an account of his, (Adam's), travels to his family in Spain. Now that he has an assistant he has more time to devote to writing for the Ave Maria but he can not decide what type of article would be most suitable unless it be the translation of "Sanctuaries of Our Lady" in Spain.

X-2-d - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {1}

(1877?) Nov. 13
Fullerton, Georgiana: London, (England)
 to (Father Daniel E. Hudson, C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

In answer to Hudson's letter Fullerton states that due to uncertain health she will be unable to write a story for the Ave Maria to begin in January but she hopes to have one prepared for later on in the year. She sends an excerpt from an Englishwoman's diary and a poem composed by a poor villager for the Ave Maria. If they are acceptable the payment for them will be devoted to the establishment of a home in Yorkshire for the housing of liberated Catholic prisoners.

X-2-d - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo - {1}

1877 Nov. 18
Blanchet, Archbishop F(rancis) N(orbert): Portland, Oregon
 to John O'Kane Murray: (Brooklyn, Long Island)

He acknowledges Murray's letter of November 3. His recommendation of Murray's volume was a small price to pay for a copy of Murray's volume. It should have been, however, an 8 volume instead of an 12 volume in size. The price of $2.50 would be preferable to $3.50, as it would allow the book to be purchased by the rich and poor alike.

I-1-d - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {1}

1877 Nov. 18
Chatard, Father S(ilas) M.: Boston, (Massachusetts)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

His engagements since arriving in America have kept him from visiting Cincinnati, but he writes to ask the favour of a collection at the Cathedral of Cincinnati Dec. 23. He will then have an opportunity of revisiting Cincinnati after ten years and of seeing Purcell and the many friends he has there. The work he has undertaken ties him down so that he is not able to go where he wants. It has been slow but steady work, and though not what he could wish, the success will be solid. These are hard times and he has reason for self-congratulation. He hopes Purcell is well and asks to be remembered to F(ather) Edward (Purcell) and the other gentlemen of the Diocese.

P.S.—His address at present is 218 Madison Avenue, New York City.

II-5-f - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {1}

1877 Nov. 19
Baker, Daniel: Hagerstown, (Maryland)
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): (New York, New York)

Baker notifies McMaster that he will have to temporarily discontinue his subscription because he and Postmaster Logan are not on very good terms. The day when Logan no longer holds such a position, Baker will renew his subscription. Meanwhile he will just have to suffer the loss. Logan has no love for God's Holy Church and is cruel and treacherous. Baker is the father of 11 children and wants to educate them right and not in the godless free schools. There is a Sister's school at the parish church but Logan compels him to keep away from it. He will have to persevere some way until God changes conditions by His almighty power.

I-2-b - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {2}

1877 Nov. 21
Ambrose, Sister M.: St. Mary's, Vigo County, ind(iana)
 to Ja(me)s A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Since the death of Mrs. McMaster, Sister M. Ambrose of the Sisters of Providence has kept a mortuary card bearing her picture in her prayer-book, and so she sends McMaster a mortuary card commemorating Bishop (Maurice) St. Palais, of Vincennes, Indiana, who has died recently. The Bishop always subscribed to the Freeman's Journal and had good faith in McMaster's judgment. She promises to pay her subscription fee as soon as McMaster sends her the amount of his charges.

I-2-b - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {2}

1877 Nov. 21
(Gibbons), James, Archbishop-elect: Baltimore, Maryland
 to James F. Edwards: (Notre Dame, Indiana)

He deferred replying until he could have his photograph taken, but as he is unable to determine when he can have it done, he sends the photograph of his predecessor, Archbishop (James Roosevelt) Bayley.

XI-1-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {2}

1877 Nov. 22
Fairbanks, H. F. (Father): Whitewater, Wisc(onsin)
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Fairbanks sends McMaster $6 subscription fees for the Freeman's Journal for Miss Sarah McLaughlin and Fred Kostanzer. The interest of Fairbanks has been re-awakened by an article in the last issue of the Catholic World entitled, "The German Element in the U. S.", but he does not want his name connected if anything is published about it. Because the hierarchy in this state (Wisconsin) is predominately German and rules them so thoroughly, the impression abroad is that the bulwark of Catholicity there, is German, but this is false. This article claims that there are 146,000 German Catholics there but it is mistaken. This figure is computed on the basis of the annual number of Baptisms each German priest of the U. S. has- about 52- and then, 17 1/3 Catholics are allowed for each Baptism. This rule may hold for those parts where German priests have entirely German parishes but in this Archdiocese there are at least 10 German priests in the Missions who have purely Irish of English speaking parishes. Besides this, a larger number are employed in the theological Seminary than the usual proportion elsewhere. If you base population figures on the rule of those priests actually employed in German Missions where the majority of the congregation are really Germans, then we have only 114,000 German Catholics in the state. Even then, this is a large number, since Fairbanks has classified as German Missions, many churches with such names as St. Patrick's and St. Bridget's and many which have outlying districts of Irish, with such settlements as those named Erin, for example. The archbishop gives the Catholic population as about 294,000 which is about correct and 294,000 minus 114,0000 equals 180,000, Poles, French and Bohemians amount to no more than 50,000 and there is only once French speaking church in the Archdiocese. In his computation, Fairbanks has only taken 10 German priests in the dioceses of La Crosse and Green Bay as being on English or other than German Missions. In La Crosse diocese the large majority of lay men speak English and there are 25 German speaking to 15 English speaking-priests. Green Bay diocese is larger than La Crosse but has few Irish priests, therefore Fairbanks' estimates are moderate and equalized on both sides. The only conclusion is that those who speak English here far outnumber the German speaking element. We have one German Archbishop and 2 German Bishops in Wisconsin and they are determined to keep the rule in German hands. English priests of the state will all label that as a fact. Ohio has a larger number of German priests, a larger German population and has not one German Bishop, while we have three in Wisconsin. The majority in our state are English speaking and nationality should never make any difference in selecting a Bishop, but when one nationality intends to monopolize the Bishopric, then the church will never prosper in Wisconsin. Fairbanks has no personal motive since his Archbishop has always treated him well and has given him one of the most desirable missions in the state. Further, the archbishop always upholds refusals to absolve those sending their children to a state school when a Catholic school is near. His professor for several studies was the Bishop of La Crosse, Michael Heiss whom he greatly admires. The reason for his complaint is the intention which the German hierarchy is supposed to have of keeping the rule always in German hands, despite the lack of the majority number in population.

I-2-b - A.L.S. - 7pp. - 12mo. - {1}

1877 Nov. 22
Leray, Bishop Francis Xavier: Natchitoches, (Louisiana)

Leray grants faculties as Vicar Forane in the diocese of Natchitoches to Father J(ulius) Janeau. Signed by Father P. F(elix) Dicharry. (Notation): Faculties of Father (Ludovic) Enaut and Janeau. (Additional notation): The above faculties have been communicated to Father (Jean Baptiste) Avenard, December 3, 1878.

VI-3-a - Copy - (Latin) - 4pp. - 4to. - {5}

1877 Nov. 22
(Moreau), Camille: Poitiers, (France)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Camille directs (Perché's) attention to the enclosed letter from Mr. Malval, councillor of the Court of Appeals of Poitiers and vice-president of their St. Vincent de Paul Society. In place of New York, (Perché)should read New Orleans. Malval is concerned about the marriage of young Mr. Zorn of Bulach. If (Perché) knows a woman who fulfills all Malval's conditions, he can present her to the young Alsatian without fear. As (Perché) can see, it is hoped that he can be prevented from marrying a German. They see from the Univers that Father (Joseph Marie) Millet is at Rome where he has been received by the Holy Father and that the mission on which (Perché) sent him has succeeded. Camille is going to write to him care of Mrs. Lavigne. They are thinking of sending him some money for (Sister M. Francois of Jesus) Valentine (Moreau). The news they receive of that poor child saddens them. The climate is very bad for her. Their consolation is that she is near (Perché). He asks (Perché) to pray for them and for his Joseph (Moreau) whom he would like to see happily married. (P.S.) His wife, Amelia, Joseph, Romuald and Genevieve all ask his blessing.

VI-3-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 8vo. - {7}

1877 Nov. 22
Térèse de Jesus, (D.C.), Sister M.: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph) Perché: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Sister thanks Perché in the name of their small community (of Discalced Carmelites) for the goodness with which he has received them in the diocese. They have written to their Father-General and await his instructions. Archbishop (Peter Richard Kenrick) of St. Louis having designated her prioress, she is acting as such for the time being as are Sister Marguerite (D.C.), subprioress, and Sister Dolorosa, (D.C.), first claviere. While awaiting a reply from their Father General, they will seek all their permissions of which she will soon present a list, from Perché. They wish to stay at the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes at the Cathedral with the Religious of the Sacred Heart, who have been so charitable to them, before returning to the cloister. They hope to rent a place near Canal Street in order to be near the Americans and the Creoles. The vicar general paid them a visit in Perché's name and told them Perché would return around December 5.

VI-3-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 8vo. - {6}

1877 Nov. 23
Howe, Frances R.: St. Catherine's
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

Her sister did not receive the money Hudson mentioned in his letter but they have already written home to ask whether it was received there. Since publishers will not accept her story unless she has a large subscription list, and the public will not subscribe unless she is connected with a reputable publisher, she has a very perplexing problem to solve. Without the help of the Holy Cross Fathers the situation seems hopeless. She would prefer a Protestant publisher because he would be less inclined to change the manuscript. If Hudson decides to print the circular without a publisher her mother will, if extremely necessary, advance the money for the printing expenses until the subscribers make their remittances. If the circular is to make its appearance in May she thinks it advisable to begin printing it in February. Her hearty approval is extended to the stories recently published in the Ave Maria written by Fr. Adam and Mr. Arthur. She encloses a hymn given to her when she was at St. Mary's of the Woods a week ago. She is sorry that she is causing Hudson so much trouble but he need not doubt that she is very grateful for everything he does for her.

X-2-d - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {1}

1877 Nov. 24
Paul, Daniel: Rome, (Italy)
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

He asks Hudson to send his mother, Mrs. Grace Paul, ten dollars as a Christmas gift. He thanks Hudson for the draft of twenty dollars in payment for his articles on the Caranta of Rome, the conclusion of which will be sent next week. He wonders whether Hudson has received his "Diary of an American Student in Rome." The friend he mentioned in a previous letter has died. Now Paul wants Hudson to pray for the repose of his soul. He sent the photographs several days ago. He encloses a translation of an important decree which he believes would prove interesting to the readers of the Ave Maria.

X-2-d - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {1}

1877 Nov. 25
Fagan, James: Reading, K(ans)as
 to J(ames Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Fagan sends McMaster $20.00 for 6 new subscribers plus his own for the past year. He is trying to get four more. The subscribers are: William Geraghty, James Masterson, Denis O'Mara, Peter Fagan, John Fagan, and Michael Fagan, besides himself. Since Reading became a town they will all get their copies regularly.

I-2-b - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {I}

1877 Nov. 25
Gleason Jr., James: Rosecrans, Ill(inois)
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Gleason informs McMaster that his Rosecrans agent, Lawrence Moran, died on Sept. 20, 1877 without giving him a receipt for a $5 payment. He trusts McMaster received it and would like a receipt for it along with a receipt for another $5 he sends at present. This money is for subscriptions to the Freeman's Journal for himself and Terrence Devlin.

I-2-b - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {1}

1877 Nov. 25
Kelly, J(ames) R.: Sacket's Harbor, N(ew) Y(ork)
 to (Henry F.) Brownson: (Detroit, Michigan)

Kelly will forward Henry's missing register as soon as he hears from the clerk in Washington. He arrived at his post next day at noon after he left Henry. He entertains Mrs. Kelly with stories of Mrs. Brownson's six children when Mrs. Kelly thinks she has done wonders with the four. Kelly is glad Lt. Ladley is not under arrest. He has heard nothing Wildrick's or Bush's case yet, but from the President's order about such cases Kelly thinks they will be pardoned but will be the last to receive mercy. Kelly will send Henry a copy of wildrick's case. He supposes Henry told Father Ernest (Van Dyke) how hard poor Father (R.W) Haire to get the crosses up, and after all would not give him a cent.

III-3-a - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {2}

1877 Nov. 26
(Leray), Bishop Francis Xavier: Natchitoches, (Louisiana)
 to Father P. F(elix) Dicharry: (Natchitoches, Louisiana)

Leray grants the following faculties good until January 14, 1882, unless revoked sooner, to Dicharry: all faculties suitable for priestly labors in the diocese and all faculties already given to Father L(udovic) Enaut, v(icar) f(orane), for the same numerous reasons.

VI-3-a - A. Document S. - (Latin) - 4pp. - 12mo. - {3}

1877 Nov. 28
Capel, Father T.J. (?):
Catholic University College Kensington, London, (England)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He has lately received into the Church Mrs. George Pendleton Bowler of Cincinnati, whose name is probably known to Purcell. She has left London with her husband and sister-in-law to spend a few months in Egypt and the East, perhaps visiting Rome in the spring. Mrs. Bowler feels that a letter from Purcell would be of great value to her as an introduction, and as she has not met Purcell, she asks Capel to write for her. Her family wish to keep her conversation quiet at present, but he is thankful that Mr. Bowler has acted in a kind and generous manner and he trusts that Bowler and Miss Bowler may ultimately also become Catholics. He would like to renew the acquaintance with Purcell that began in Rome at the time of the Council. Since then he has been engaged in important works which will forward the cause of the Church in this country.

II-5-f - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {2}

1877 Nov. 28
Reynolds, Patrick: Baltimore, (Maryland)
J(ames) A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Reynolds sends the name of a new subscriber, Tho(ma)s Murphy, of Baltimore. When he was in New York last he called on McMaster but failed to find him in. A friend has asked him to tell McMaster of the death of Lawrence Moran, of Illinois, who was a cousin to the now-unmasked Kirwan. McMaster will remember Moran as the person he met during the exposure of Kirwan through Bishop (John) Hughes.

I-2-b - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {3}

1877 Nov. 28
Welch, J. J.: Junction City, Ohio
 to Ja(me)s A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Welch sends McMaster $5 for the subscription to the Freeman's Journal of Daniel Dimond of Molholm, Ohio. He wishes a statement of the amounts owed by others of his group and expresses surprise that everyone does not pay promptly for a paper such as McMaster's. Catholics do not have the fervor in spreading their doctrine which Protestants have in spreading their views. Many Catholics in Junction City are active in politics and business and subscribe to two and three papers in order to get political news and market reports. When asked to get a Catholic paper they say they can never afford the price or that they get Catholic news in the secular papers. Certainly their interest in Catholic matters cannot be great that they pass up such a valuable paper as the Freeman's Journal.

I-2-b - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {1}

1877 Nov. 29
Verheyen, O.S.B., Father Boniface: Atchison, K(ans)as
 to Ja(me)s A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Verheyen asks McMaster to enter the name of Austin McFarland as a subscriber to the Freeman's Journal. McFarland, a convert, is to be baptized Dec. 8, and will benefit by the paper. The subscription fee will be paid by Verbeyen.

I-2-b - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {1}